Rahmel Dockery departs, River Cracraft impresses

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

It was an interesting Friday for WSU as the offense excelled in the scrimmage while one player left the program.

Some fall camp practices feel identical to the day before, Friday was not one of those days.

Quick hits:

  • The big story was the departure of Rahmel Dockery, which Craig detailed. Dockery was likely to see the field this year, but apparently decided to leave to possibly play wide receiver somewhere else.
  • Daquawn Brown was likely going to play anyway, but that's a lock now. Depending on Damante Horton's situation, Charleston White and Alex Jackson could play significant roles. With Anthony Carpenter moving to safety, Dockery leaving and Horton hurt, all of a sudden WSU is thin at corner.
  • River Cracraft and Brown continue to battle for the most-impressive freshman. Cracraft had a huge receiving day in the scrimmage, although wasn't pleased with his performance, as you'll see in his interview below.
  • Scrimmage stats can be found here.

Quoatable:

"Once Tyler figures out this offense and gets comfortable and not being homesick and all that stuff, Tyler is going to be a heck of a quarterback. Tyler could be a superstar here, so watch out for Mr. Bruggman." -- Connor Halliday on Tyler Bruggman.

Blurb of the day:

Via Christian's feature on the offensive line:

"It was on us," sophomore left tackle Gunnar Eklund said. "We didn't handle adversity as well as we should have."

Now? They swear the improvement is obvious.

"We're a lot tougher and a lot more competitive than we were," offensive line coach Clay McGuire said. "I guess that would be the one thing. I've been really pleased."

Videos:

It's video mania with four post-scrimmage interviews. If you only watch one, check out the interception Charleston White makes during the beginning on Halliday's interview. Whoa.

Injury report:

Casey Locker sat out while Bennett Bontemps was on crutches according to Christian.

Today's schedule:

WSU will be back on the field at 4 p.m. PT.

Fall camp links:

Offense Dominates Second Preseason Scrimmage - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State saw Connor Halliday toss three touchdown passes as the offense tallied seven touchdowns in the second scrimmage of preseason camp, played in front of a few hundred fans in Martin Stadium Friday afternoon.

WSU football position review: Offensive line - Spokesman.com - Aug. 16, 2013
Empirical evidence of an attitude shift among Washington State’s offensive lineman can be found each day during the Cougars’ inside run drill.

WazzuWatch.com - SCRIMMAGE (8/16): Offensive onslaught
PULLMAN | River Cracraft has all but cemented himself into the wide receiver rotation after yet another impressive outing during the Cougars' second scrimmage of the fall on Friday.

Dockery done at WSU, plus scrimmage notes - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 16, 2013
Washington State scrimmaged for roughly 52-55 plays this afternoon, and we have plenty to pass along from that. But the bigger news tonight is that coach Mike Leach confirmed the departure of redshirt freshman cornerback Rahmel Dockery, who Leach said will "make other plans" to play elsewhere. Read on.

WazzuWatch.com - Dockery no longer with team
Washington State's depth at the cornerback position has been an area of concern this offseason and it's looking like there will be more questions in the secondary as Mike Leach confirmed that an expected contributor has left the program.

Other football links:

There was some scheduling news on Friday with word that WSU will host Portland State in 2015. For those of you keeping track, WSU will play Portland State at home on September 5, then travel to Rutgers on September 12 before returning home to play Wyoming on September 19.

*****

Washington, Washington State add Portland State to Future Football Schedules
Washington State will host Portland State at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Sept. 5, 2015, which will be the season-opener for both schools. The Cougars are 1-0 against the Vikings after winning the first meeting 48-9 in 2008.

Expectations for 2013: The Washington State game - Block U
One of the must-wins for Utah, you would think, has to be their game against Washington State. It's a winnable game, even if on the road, and with a schedule littered with tough opponents, the difference between good and bad just might be games like this.

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